The 12 year long Te Ara-Encyclopedia of New Zealand project was completed in Wellington late last week. The celebratory event to mark the completion drew a crowd of around 300 people with one of the country’s most successful actors, Sam Neill paying tribute to the last segment of the project themed “Creative and Intellectual Life”. In doing this he acknowledged the names of poets, writers, musicians and film-makers who have all contributed to New Zealand’s cultural history throughout the decades.
The Te Ara project, undertaken by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has been a mammoth task. It includes the work of around 450 writers who have effectively compacted more than 30,000 images and film clips and around 103 stories.